Sheryl Crow sides with Big Machine



Taylor Swift slammed music executive Scooter Braun. Justin Bieber and Braun’s wife defended the music executive

Asked about Taylor Swift publicly slamming music executive Scooter Braun for purchasing her masters, Sheryl Crow sided with Big Machine, her own music label as of February. 

“I live with my head in a big hole. I stay out of that world,” she said Wednesday on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” “But I will say one thing about masters is that, you know, I signed with a record label 30 years ago and within 5 years, then it became owned by Interscope and then Interscope got bought by Universal. That’s just the way the business goes. It’s totally not unusual for your masters to change hands, like, 9,000 times.”

Sheryl Crow responded to the masters controversy surrounding Taylor Swift and Crow’s new label, Big Machine. (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

In a lengthy Tumblr post at the end of June, Swift called the deal her “worst case scenario,” accusing Braun of subjecting her to “incessant, manipulative bullying” for years and “controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated” with him. 

“Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world,” Swift wrote. “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”

The ordeal turned into a messy back-and-forth, with Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta writing in a blog post on the label’s website that it was “time to set some things straight,” claiming Swift had prior knowledge of the deal and didn’t “learn about (the sale) as it was announced to the world,” as she wrote in her post. 

“I don’t know what the big stink was,” Crow added to Andy Cohen on Wednesday. “I’m kind of out of the loop, so I don’t really know. The (masters) absolutely could (change hands again.)”

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Swift has since announced plans to re-record her first five albums – “Taylor Swift,” “Fearless,” “Speak Now,” “Red” and “1989” – as soon as next year.

“I just think that artists deserve to own their own work,” she said on “Good Morning America.” “I just feel very passionately about that.”


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